Antanas is a young Lithuanian conscripted to fight in the Soviet War in Afghanistan where he falls in love with a young Afghani nurse. She opens his eyes to the politics of the war, while making bearable the brutal reality of their situation - until her sudden death sends him spiralling into a breakdown and to a psychiatric hospital back home in Vilnius. Vassily, a war comrade, rescues him and teaches him his trade - crafting amber jewellery - helping Antanas to let go of the past. But Vassily has a guilty secret - eight ...

Amber 2005, Sceptre, London

ISBN-13: 9780340826942

New edition

Mass-market paperback

Amber 2004, Sceptre, London

ISBN-13: 9780340826935